Author: Mike Hardy

Team KRB Forging Plans

2021 KRB Board of DirectorsKRB’s Board of Directors and staff recently met on a beautiful Sunday for an energizing and productive Board Retreat.With great excitement for the year ahead, they discussed how to bring more attention to KRB’s work in the community and build on the organization’s core programs.

KRB’s hardworking Board Members are…

  • Jennifer Handelsman
  • Diane Hutt
  • Nathaniel Johns (seen Zooming in the photo)
  • Spencer Lauterbach
  • Ben Leopold
  • Irfan Sabir
  • Sara Tucker
  • Jeff Wasserman
  • Cecelia Waterman-Santiago

(Also pictured, Executive Director Sonia Cairo)

Cleanup Leaders Take a Bow

In appreciation for their dedication and leadership of powerful cleanup events throughout the county, RC Legislators Toney L. Earl and Aney Paul presented the 2021 Great American Cleanup (GAC) Community Cleanup leaders with the Distinguished Service Award of the County of Rockland.

As Legislator Earl stated: “I’m proud to honor the individuals who served as the 2021 Cleanup Leaders…Despite the challenges around safety and social distancing, these brave and committed individuals found new and innovative ways to carry out their mission of keeping Rockland beautiful and I want to say Thank You.”

We couldn’t agree more – they are the backbone of the cleanup campaign!

Here’s who led the charge in 2021 (some pictured above)…

  • Blauvelt – Kathryn Strobel
  • Haverstraw – Alex Guarino, Steven Moetzinger, Sarah Rose
  • Hillburn – Tommy Conklin
  • Nanuet – Valerie Moldow
  • New Hempstead – Pamela Fink
  • Orangetown – Teresa Kenny, Allison Kardon
  • Palisades – Carol Knudson
  • Pearl River – Gerry Collins, Niall O’Gara
  • Piermont – Jamie Surya
  • Ramapo – Mort Becker, Josef Margaretten
  • Sloatsburg – Carin Shapiro
  • Spring Valley – Nathan Mungin III, Sonia Cairo
  • Stony Point – Larry Brissing, Nicole Jessie
  • Suffern – Cathy Mills
  • Wesley Hills – Brooke Carter, Ken Carter, Mayor Marshall Katz
  • West Haverstraw – Katie Welsh

For more highlights of the 2021 GAC campaign

Earth Day Essay & Poster Contest

County Executive Ed Day and the Rockland County Environmental Management Council are hosting the 30th Annual Eleanor Burlingham 5th Grade Earth Day Essay & Poster Contest. This year EMC is giving students the option to creatively address the contest topic through either a 500-word essay, poster, or poem. ...

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A Renewable Energy Movement Comes to Rockland

This fall a collaborative municipal clean energy program launched in Rockland County, transitioning close to one fourth of Rockland’s population onto renewable energy.  

Rockland Community Power, a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, provides 100% renewable energy at affordable, guaranteed rates and protects consumers from predatory suppliers.  This innovative program is the kind of big, transformative action needed to move us from fossil fuels to the clean energy that will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to climate change.

And most consumers see a reduction in their utility bill!  A KRB member who subscribes to the program was delighted to find that she will cut the supply portion of her electric bill by more than half! 

We are facing a profound climate crisis.  Scientists are warning that we must cut emissions by 45% worldwide by 2030 in order to avoid runaway climate change.  It’s clear we will need sweeping and systemic change to avoid the worst-case scenarios.  New York State has set ambitious climate goals, including 70% renewable energy for electricity by 2030.  The question is, how do we meet those urgently needed climate goals?

Currently, six Rockland communities having taken a major step toward meeting those goals on the local level by participating in Rockland Community Power. They are: Clarkstown, Orangetown, and the Villages of Haverstraw, Nyack, South Nyack, and Upper Nyack.  These communities have chosen 100% renewable energy as the default option to replace “standard” energy transmitted through Orange & Rockland.  

If you live in one of the six Rockland Community Power communities and you are an Orange & Rockland customer, you should be getting an official welcome letter to the program (on municipal letterhead and signed by your mayor or town supervisor).  If you do nothing, you will be moved seamlessly onto renewable energy when the program launches.  

In fact, the power of CCA is the “opt out” feature, which gives the community leverage as a buying group – and makes all the difference in reducing our carbon footprint as a community.  Customers can ‘opt out’ at any time and without any financial penalty.  

Orange and Rockland will continue as your utility, delivering the energy, maintaining the power lines, and billing customers.

If your energy comes from an alternative supplier (not standard) and you would like to participate in the program, you can easily ‘opt in’ by calling (845) 859-9099, or going online to www.rocklandcommunitypower.com

You can also add on Community Solar, which supports a more local renewable energy source and provides a guaranteed discount of up to 10%! 

If your community is not yet participating in Rockland Community Power and you would like to bring this impactful program to your community, reach out to Community Coordinator, Peggy Kurtz, at Peggy@JouleCommunityPower.com or call 845 859-9099.

ENJOY • EXPLORE • LEARN

Don’t Miss Columbia University Lamont-Doherty’s Open House at Home, October 19 – 22, 2020. 

Whether you’re an aspiring young scientist or a long-time science enthusiast, you’re sure to enjoy the events and activities.  Join in on for virtual lab tours, participate in hands-on earth science activities with Lamont’s scientists from home, and learn from world-renowned researchers about their latest discoveries.

Open House is free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation.

More on their K-12 EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

What Is Your Foodprint?  

What we eat, where it comes from, and how its produced has an enormous impact on the environment and on human health.  Our food system is dominated by industrial agriculture comprised of monoculture fields and concentrated animal factories. The industry makes intensive use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers that contaminate and pollute our air, soil and water. Read more